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Missing tow-truck driver found alive in Georgia

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:55:00 PDT

Part-time tow-truck driver Valentino Malloggi, who has been missing since Easter Sunday, was found in Brunswick, Ga., on Tuesday evening, Davie Police said.

His family has been notified and are making arrangements to pick him up.

Valentino had Easter supper at his boss’ Lauderhill home and then...


Fort Lauderdale police investigating suspicious death

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Fort Lauderdale Police are investigating a suspicious death at a single family home near the Holly Heights Apartments.

A woman was discovered dead Tuesday evening inside a residence at 2019 NE 14th Court.

Just who discovered the body and at what time is not clear, and police are also looking into...


Delta revises procedure to retrieve guns from checked luggage

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:35:00 PDT

At least one airline is changing its procedure on retrieving checked guns as a result of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooting.

Delta has begun requiring that passengers pick up their firearms at a baggage service office, not off the carousel.

Airport shooter Esteban Santiago checked his handgun...


Taxis may be able to charge less in Broward

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:30:00 PDT

In the battle for business between taxis and newcomers such as Uber and Lyft, Broward County wants to level the playing field so riders end up winning.

County commissioners say they’re willing to let taxi companies charge more competitive prices that are lower than the cab fare rates now set by...


Two men arrested after cancer group's toy-loaded trailer stolen, police say

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:10:00 PDT

The theft was particularly cruel -- a trailer filled with toys for children battling cancer.

But an all-out effort by the woman who runs the foundation that owns the trailer led to the toys being recovered, and two men in custody accused of the theft.

“I am ecstatically happy and I am so thankful...


Hollywood beach cat colony hits the road

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:40:00 PDT

The cat colony entrenched along Hollywood beach for more than 25 years is now gone, save for three kitties that have managed to elude capture.

Tracey Paige, who heads the Cat Pals rescue group that has fed the colony since 1994, hopes to have them trapped and sent to their new home in Jacksonville...


Live coverage of Broward County Commission meeting

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:56:00 PDT

The Sun Sentinel is at today's Broward County Commission meeting so you don't have to be. You can get my live Twitter feeds by following me at @lbarszewski. Tuesday's meeting begins at 10 a.m. at the Broward County Governmental Center. You can also read the Twitter coverage below, even if you aren't...(image)

Broward County man charged in killing

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:20:00 PDT

Ten days after the body of a Fort Lauderdale man was discovered fatally shot in his pickup, the Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested a man in connection with the killing.

Ferris Finley, 43, was found April 11 at 3 a.m. in his white GMC truck.

Larry Bostic, 38, who has no fixed address, was picked...


Sunrise auto repair shop catches fire

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:19:00 PDT

WSVN is reporting that one person was hospitalized with a minor burn after a fire started inside an auto repair shop at a strip mall in Sunrise.

The shop is reportedly located near Northwest 78th Avenue and 44th Street.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Melee in Lauderdale hospital room ends in attempted murder charge

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:25:00 PDT

A 31-year-old Fort Lauderdale man in custody on a probation violation is now facing charges of attempted murder after a wild melee in a hospital room where authorities said he tried to kill a corrections deputy assigned to guard him.

Ricky Jacquelin was eventually subdued by a second Broward sheriff’s...


Two days out of joint, Lauderdale bank robber strikes again

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:50:00 PDT

When Mary Beth Stapleton came home to Fort Lauderdale last week after yet another stint in prison for bank robbery, her family again hoped that she could get her life on track.

But after 48 hours of freedom, the woman once dubbed the "Ma Barker Bandit" apparently found that old habits die hard.


Interfaith groups start initiative against hate crimes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:25:00 PDT

Religious leaders are prepared to act quickly the next time swastikas or racial slurs show up in their communities.

The Clergy Coalition of Coral Springs & Parkland announced a new initiative Monday at a news conference at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Coral Springs. It’s called the Interfaith...


Another Broward Republican leader says party is plagued with dysfunction, personal feuds

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:30:00 PDT

Long-simmering tensions within the Broward Republican Party continued to roil the county party’s leadership on Monday, but Chairman Bob Sutton sought to avoid a public airing of the controversy.

He saved his response to pointed criticisms aimed at him for an unusual closed-door session of the county...


Three people convicted in massive sober homes fraud case sentenced to federal prison

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Three people who admitted they played supporting roles in a massive health care fraud — using patients in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions to rip off insurance companies — were sentenced to federal prison on Monday.

The fraud, at sober homes and substance abuse treatment centers in Palm...


Heavy smoke from fire causes partial shutdown of I-95

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:55:00 PDT

A car fire on I-95 southbound near Sample Road caused the temporary closure of several lanes as crews worked to extinguish the blaze Monday evening, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire-Rescue Department.

At least three lanes were temporarily closed due to heavy smoke that minimized visibility....


Mayor's Prayer Breakfast draws LGBT complaints

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Calling his message hate speech, critics have unleashed a torrent of opposition against one of the speakers for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast — and against the Fort Lauderdale mayor himself.

Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, a conservative Christian who has spoken out against same-sex marriage...


Morning fog and then drier after a wet and wild Sunday

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:55:00 PDT

After a Monday morning of patchy dense fog in some areas of South Florida, the region’s weather will be in stark contrast to the rain the gripped the area on Sunday.

According to the National Weather Service, the Monday forecast calls for dense, patchy fog ---especially in the western areas of...


Eight-foot alligator hit by car caught in Tamarac

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:45:00 PDT

An eight-foot alligator caught in Tamarac is due for a doctor visit after being run over by a car.

Reality television star and alligator wrestler Paul Bedard Jr. caught the gator early morning Sunday after getting a call through the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission hotline.

“He has...


Men pose as water inspectors to steal Pompano woman's jewelry, authorities say

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:55:00 PDT

The 86-year-old Pompano Beach woman thought the two men were working on her drinking water, not thieves eager to steal her jewelry, authorities say.

Claiming to be there because of water issues, they told her she got acid on her hand and told her to remove her jewelry. On Wednesday they vanished...


FBI releases photos of woman who robbed Pompano Beach bank

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:15:00 PDT

The FBI has released photos of a woman who robbed a bank in Pompano Beach on Saturday.

She entered the Suntrust Bank at 1409 E. Atlantic Blvd. shortly after 9 a.m. and demanded money from an employee, said Michael Leverock for the FBI. There were other customers in the bank at the time.


She fled...


9/11 memorial to add missing link: A police officer and his dog

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:20:00 PDT

Far from Ground Zero, a retired firefighter turned artist contemplates finishing what he started more than a decade ago: A touching 9/11 memorial that has become the pride of Pembroke Pines.

Four towering steel sculptures — a firefighter, the Twin Towers and a young girl perched atop the ruins...


Teen seriously injured in Pompano Beach hit-and-run

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:40:00 PDT

A teen riding his bike was seriously injured Friday afternoon in a hit-and-run near Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach.

The incident occurred at 3 p.m., about 20 minutes after the end of classes, when there are typically a lot of student pedestrians in the area. But it wasn’t immediately...


Miami cop was riding with man who assaulted Pines teens, police say

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:05:00 PDT

A Miami police sergeant was present when a Pembroke Pines man chased two teens riding in a noisy convertible, threatened them with a gun and struck them, officials said.

Mario Perez, 49, a security guard and former Hialeah police officer, confronted Tyler Muraida, 19, and his 15-year-old friend...


Broward ticket amnesty

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:33:00 PDT

Anyone owing money for fines, fees or traffic tickets can save up to 35 percent in late fees if paid in full during Operation Green Light week, April 24-29, 2017


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Will Broward teachers get a 5.5 percent raise?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:05:00 PDT

Broward teachers will learn Tuesday whether district leaders are willing to bump their salaries by 5.5 percent.

The district already rejected the teacher’s union request for a 6 percent hike, offering half of that. Union leaders then lowered their plea to 5.5 percent and kicked it back to the district...